Ports Need Centres Of Excellence To Train, Re-train Workers

JOHOR BAHARU, July 16 (Bernama) -- Ports in Johor which are recognised as the maritime hubs in the region with broad global connectivity need vast number of workers to cater to the nation's growing international trade.

Johor Port Authority (JPA) general manager, Muhammad Razif Ahmad, said the available workers in the industry too needed to be on par with their global counterparts to give better services to the maritime community.

"Hence, centres of excellence for training and re-training of the workers are crucial to benefit the stakeholders such as the Port of Tanjung Pelepas and Pasir Gudang Port

"They will also improve their knowledge on maritime matters," he said.

Muhammad Razif said this at the launch of Port Development Policy Blueprint for Johor and the signing of memorandum of understandings (MOUs) for the colloboration on the setting up of port centres of excellence here Wednesday.

JPA signed the MOUs with Johor Port Bhd, Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd, Iskandar Regional Development Authority, Johor Petroleum Development Corp, ATT Tanjung Bin Sdn Bhd, Dialog Pengerang Sdn Bhd, University Teknologi Malaysia, Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology and Universiti Kuala Lumpur.

Later, at a media briefing later, Muhammad Razif said the setting up of the centres of excellence would provide a platform for stakeholders in the region's maritime sector to discuss and resolve issues and challenges.

He said globally, human resource training would be done collaboratively by the port authorities, private and public sectors, higher institutes of learning and experts in the maritime world.

On the Port Development Policy Blueprint for Johor 2014-2045, Muhammad Razif said it will provide a 30-year roadmap on planning, development and the sustainable strategies for ports and maritime industry in this region.


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